If one compiled a Luke 2:1-20 highlight reel to a rhyme scheme and catchy melody, we would have today’s verse. It chronicles when an angel appeared to the shepherds, but this vision follows several other visions and is incredibly important.
Previously, angels appeared to Mary and Joseph to foretell the virgin birth. Although they believed and answered the call to usher the Messiah into the world, it was the shepherds who confirmed the callings, both theirs and of the newborn baby laying in the manger. Take a minute to read Luke’s account above to see what I mean.
Until then, Mary and Joseph acted in faith based upon what their angels had revealed, but now they received outside confirmation as well…and from shepherds no less. King David, from whom the Messiah is descended from, was also a shepherd called in from the fields at one time (so that he could be anointed King). All throughout scripture we see our God using His people, as unlikely as they may be, to advance His plans and purposes.
I find an amazing peace in knowing God can use anyone at any time. Maybe it’s a brother or sister in Christ coming to my rescue or perhaps God will use me to do the same for someone else. Perhaps those He has placed in my path will provide confirmation of His calling on my life, or perhaps I can be fortunate enough to provide that discerning confirmation to another.
However our lives unfold or how God uses us, we can have a peace knowing He has it all under control, just like the night in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. He’s got this.
1 Peter 4:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9a
Today, tell God you are willing for Him to use you to advance His purposes and His plans. Then, today and moving forward, keep your eyes and heart open to where you can join God in His work.
All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!